December 22, 2019

USA: The Media, And The Democrats Falsely Accused West Point Cadets Of Flashing An "OK Symbol Signaling A Sign For White Power". The U.S. Military Academy Investigation Cleared Cadets.

KUSI News, San Diego
written by Associated Press staff
Saturday December 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — Hand gestures flashed by West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen during the televised Army-Navy football game were not racist signals, military investigations have concluded.

A Navy probe of the event found that the students were “participating in a sophomoric game” on Saturday and had no racist intent.

The Navy said officials are, however, disappointed in the immature behavior of the students and “their actions will be appropriately addressed.” There was no immediate information about what types of punishment the students are facing.

Clips of the hand gestures by the students went viral on social media and immediately raised questions about whether they were using a “white power” sign. But others suggested it was part of what’s called the “circle game,” in which someone flashes an upside-down OK sign below the waist and punches anyone who looks at it.

The Navy said that reviews of the footage, more than two dozen interviews and background checks by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI determined that the two freshmen midshipmen were participating in the “circle game” with West Point cadets.

Navy Adm. Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, said sailors are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and character at all times.

“To be clear, the Navy does not tolerate racism in any form,” said Gilday. “And while the investigation determined there was no racist intent behind these actions, our behavior must be professional at all times and not give cause for others to question our core values of honor, courage and commitment.”

The circle game, around for generations, was featured in the early 2000s sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” and has made a resurgence as a photo bomb prank in sports team photos–along the same line as “bunny ears” fingers. In more recent years, it became an internet meme in a online game of “gotcha.”

But the Anti-Defamation League said the gesture, with the thumb and forefinger touched in a circle and the other fingers outstretched, has also been appropriated as a signal for white supremacy. That started as a hoax perpetuated on the online message board 4chan. The original idea was to take an innocent and common gesture and arbitrarily transform it into something that would enrage liberals.

The campaign was so successful, the gesture came to be used semi-sincerely by Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other white nationalists to signal sympathizers in public places.

In 2018, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended an officer who appeared to be making the hand sign during a Hurricane Florence television broadcast.
The Post Millennial
written by Barrett Wilson
Saturday December 21, 2019

The U.S. Military academy has concluded its investigation into cadets who flashed the “OK sign” during a live broadcast of an Army-Navy football game.

The findings of the West Point investigation were that “the cadets were playing a common game, popular among teenagers today, known as the ‘circle game’ and the intent was not associated with ideologies or movements that are contrary to the Army values.”
The footage of the “OK symbol” went viral as many activists on social media claimed that the cadets were signalling a sign for “white power.”
The circle game is a popular children’s game where one person makes an “OK” gesture with his hand below his waist in order to trick the other player into looking.

The origin of the “OK-symbol-as-white-power” meme is a 4chan hoax intended to trick liberals. The hoax worked, and many institutions and news outlets were tricked into believing that this was a legitimate hate symbol.

The panic surrounding the gesture has since spread far and wide and has resulted in fans being banned from baseball parks and various conspiracy theories.
This 👇 is how I feel about this stupidity of labeling the okay hand gesture 👌🏼 as a hate symbol. Please stop this madness already. (emphasis mine)
According to, the thumbs up symbol "is used to express assent, approval, or encouragement in digital communications, especially in Western cultures." With people being offended so easily and offenders turning an innocent fun gesture into symbols of offense. (emphasis mine)
I predict now that the thumbs up symbol will very soon mean up your ass. So, with that being said. (emphasis mine)
to all the hyper-sensitive, easily offended people of the world who are the most oppressive.

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